YMMV / Sonic R

  • Accidental Innuendo: The lyric "You're the one that makes me feel so high..." in the "Diamond in the Sky" song. Amusingly, the music composer for Sonic Gems Collection caught on to this, and supplied a bonus "Acid Remix" of the "Can You Feel the Sunshine?" song as an extra for the collections museum.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The entire soundtrack. And for those who cannot stand the vocals, the instrumental version of each song is still pretty good.
    • The credits theme, "Number One". It manages to mix the euro-pop theme, romantic lyrics that manage to come off as mostly genuine rather than cheesy with a swinging horn section to make a track that's both incredibly triumphant and surprisingly sincere.
  • Broken Base: The soundtrack. There are some fans who like it, while others consider it to be terrible.
  • Game-Breaker: Super Sonic is capable of winning any race with ease.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sonic R has a song called "Livin' in the City". In 2001, Sonic Adventure 2 would have a song called "Escape from the City" for the City Escape level.
    • Radiant Emerald's theme is "Diamond in the Sky". In 2012, Rihanna would release "Diamonds", which has the lyric "diamonds in the sky".
  • It's Short, So It Sucks: Most of the poor reviews the game received were not due to the gameplay, which seemed effective enough, but with only five quick courses, you could cap the game off in less than an hour.
  • Narm: Did the lyrics to "Super Sonic Racing" really need to use the word "everybody" 11 times in a row? And pronounce it very strangely the 11th time?
  • Narm Charm: Some fans find the game's soundtrack to be endearing.
  • Polished Port: The PC and Gems Collection versions give characters less slippery movement, in addition to better resolution and different weather effects.
  • Porting Disaster: The Gems Collection port suffers from minor defects such as incorrect texture placement. Additionally, the PlayStation 2 version is limited to only 1-2 players due to lacking multi tap support.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The lyrics to every single song. The music itself is also strangely unfitting given the racing theme of the game, and it's awesome.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the game. It's not an unplayable mess by any means, but the short length, clunky controls, and repetitiveness are the major flaws that really detract the overall experience.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The lyrics to "Can You Feel the Sunshine".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Metal Knuckles and Tails Doll haven't been seen in any important capacity since this game despite them and Metal Sonic forming a robotic trio to counter the core Team Sonic.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Euro-pop soundtrack just screams The '90s.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • One of the few things everyone can agree on with this game. It rocks some of the best visuals seen for a 3D Sega Saturn title thanks to some pretty impressive draw distance done via a specially-calculated engine algorithm, detailed texture work, and bright colors, all at a solid 30 frame per second framerate.
    • Radiant Emerald deserves special mention. In the Saturn version, the entire track is translucent, which really sells the idea that the track is located within a Chaos Emerald. The PC version loses out on the translucent effect thanks to technical limitations, but more than makes up for it by bathing the entire track is so many rainbow lighting effects that the entire thing looks like a giant discotech.

YMMV examples regarding the Tails Doll and its mythos